September 9, 2019 at 8:33 am #1678
12 Things you should do if you want to work abroad
Working abroad is a great experience and can also boost your professional career internationally. Open doors worldwide.
Your linguistic knowledge and intercultural skills will skyrocket, along with all other social skills. Your new and improved language skills are not the only thing you can add to your resume.
Simply put: if you have the opportunity to work abroad, do it! To help you prepare, we have compiled some things you have to consider, aspects to investigate and questions to ask yourself.
1. GET ALL THE INFORMATION ON VISAS AND WORK PERMITS
No matter how much you plan and organize, your dream of working in another country will ultimately depend on your visa or work permit. Therefore, the first step will be to find out what papers you need to be able to work legally in another country and what you need to get those papers.
You have to keep in mind that getting a visa or a permit will require time and money. You also have to know how long you can stay in the country with those documents; Are they related to work or can you stay there for a certain time anyway?
2. FIND OUT ABOUT THE COST OF LIFE AND YOUR SALARY
The next important thing you have to consider from the list: money. You may not know exactly how much you are going to charge per month, but you have to know the industry average and compare it with the cost of living. You will have to find out how much money you will have left after paying the monthly expenses (rent, bills, taxes, etc.). (Few things can be as depressing as living in an incredible place and not being able to afford anything).
3. FIND OUT HOW TO LOOK FOR WORK AND A SITE TO LIVE
If you are excited about a specific city, investigate whether it is difficult to find work and a place to live there. Find out how people go to work and how it will influence your budget and expectations. (Everything may be easier if you are flexible about the city where you go to work, but you will still need a job and a roof over your head).
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4. CONSIDER HOW MUCH FREE TIME YOU WILL HAVE
Probably one of the reasons why you want to go abroad is to know a different culture, and you will need to have time to do it. It may not seem very important at first, but find out how many days off (and due to illness) you will be entitled, as this can change a lot depending on the country. Your adventure plans will fall apart if everything is going to be work and you can’t travel, so make sure you have time (and money) to know the place and / or travel to your country to visit your family from time to time.
5. START CREATING A NETWORK OF CONTACTS
Having a network of contacts in another country is very important. Luckily, you don’t need to travel to socialize and chat with other people. Use social media to meet other people in your sector. Asking people for help, advice or their opinion is a good way to open doors, so you can start participating in Twitter and LinkedIn, join groups or forums and talk to expatriates and people in the country.
6. FIND OUT THINGS ABOUT THE COUNTRY AND ITS CULTURE
Everything is wonderful when you are on vacation. We don’t want to put up with the party, but living in another country can be something different: there will be expenses, taxes to pay and delayed buses. You may also live somewhat further from the beach than you had imagined. Ok, we are not saying that everything will be worse, we just want you to be realistic and not judge your future home as if it were a vacation spot. It’s a good idea to visit him before moving in and wonder if you could live there. It is also a good time to meet potential companies (if only to create contacts), search neighborhoods and talk to local people about the work situation and current living conditions.
7. FIND OUT HOW YOU GET WORK THERE
Each culture has a different way of approaching the job search, in some a somewhat more formal approach is used with a lot of paperwork and in others personal interaction is preferred. Discover how the people of that place find work and determine if you will be able to find something on your own (and from a distance) or if you will have to resort to an agency or company of personnel selection.
8. LEARN HOW TO WRITE CURRICULUM AND PRESENTATION LETTERS
Now that you know how to look for work, you have to have everything ready to begin the process: learn all about the design, content and formalities that must be taken into account when writing a resume and a cover letter for that country and sector concrete. Make sure you know what personal information you have to include and what documents or references you have to attach.
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9. FIND OUT ABOUT THE DIPLOMAS AND CERTIFICATES THAT MAY BE ASKED FOR
Have you studied abroad? Depending on your studies, knowledge and work experience, you may be asked in your host country for additional diplomas or certificates (of languages). Research the requirements for the position and find out how, where and when you can get the necessary documents. (This means that you may have to spend some time and money on getting them.) If you need a certificate of your English level, the EFSET test can be a good starting point (more information about English exams here).
10. PREPARE TO LIVE DIFFERENT SITUATIONS
We assume that if you want to go to work abroad, it is partly to know a different place, start a new chapter of your life and expand your horizons.
But we have to mention this anyway: you have to prepare yourself mentally, because you may feel a cultural shock, or that you miss your home or your country.
And you will ask yourself questions like “But why?”, For which the only answer is “Because that’s how it is.” It can happen to all of us, so you have to see it as a sign that you are maturing and becoming an exceptional person, and think of the good memories that will last your whole life.
11. HAVE A PLAN B (ONLY IN CASE)
Well, we do not want to tear down your projects, but to travel the world it is better to always have an alternative strategy in case things do not go according to plan.
For example, it is good to know how much time you can afford financially and how long they allow you to be in a country without a job. That said, it is important that you calculate how much money you have to have saved as a reserve fund for difficult times.
If not now when?
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